Police in Mombasa are still trying to unravel the circumstances under which a 19-year-old woman who went missing on Wednesday, June 9 died.
Najma Abdullahi was last seen around Changamwe National Housing, when she saw off a friend who had visited her.
When Najma’s elder sister called her at 6 pm, she said that she was on her way back. But at 7 pm, her phone was off and she did not return home that night.
The following day (on Thursday, June 10), Najma’s family filed a missing person’s report at the Changamwe Police Station under OB number 30/10/06/2021.
Police say they found Najma unconscious in Bonje area along the Dongo Kundu Bypass. She had bruises in her head, her teeth knocked out and she was bleeding from the mouth and nose. The police took her to Port Reitz Hospital in Changamwe.
According to the family, Najma passed away on Thursday at 4 am at the hospital.
Although Changamwe OCS Flabio Karimi says Najma might have died in a road accident, the family suspects foul play.
Autopsy reveals she died a painful death
A postmortem conducted at the Coast Provincial General Hospital on Saturday, June 12 revealed that Najma died of high-velocity injury. Further, the autopsy revealed that she suffered a seven-centimetre fracture on the right side of her head, which also had deep cuts. There were visible marks of injuries on her face.
According to a pathologist who conducted the autopsy, her brain got clogged with blood, a sign she had massive internal bleeding.
“Doctors have taken samples for toxicology test at the govt. chemist to determine whether she was a victim of sexual assault or if she got induced before she died,” says the pathologists, as reported by human rights defender Muslims for Human Rights (MUHURI).
“Najma is being buried today [Sunday, June 13] per Islamic ritual. MUHURI condoles with the victim’s family for this heartbreaking loss and calls for a thorough and professional probe into this incident,” says MUHURI.
Najma passed with flying colours
She passed with flying colours in the recently released 2020 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examination (KCSE).
She scored a B+ and was set to join a Kenyan public university to pursue her dreams.